Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Me and Nat...

So I haven't got round to taking a photo of my own shaven head yet, but while you're waiting here's a picture of the delightful Miss Portman (borrowed from this Guardian article). Do you think she got hers done 'cos she had a premonition I was going to get mine done? Nope? Okay, it's just me then.

In entirely unrelated news a friend of mine was pulled over last night, failed a field sobriety test and was taken down to the police station where he was given a breathalyzer test. The net result is that he now has a court appearance scheduled for the 2nd June, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) he leaves tomorrow for a month in Europe. It's all a crazy mess.

Oh yeah. He was pulled over riding his bicycle! That's right he landed himself a DUI for riding his bike home from the pub. I'd have thought that would be the kind of thing that should be commended not punished. In continental Europe they have campaigns telling you to ride your bike to the bar and not drive your car. Crazy, crazy world.

(A second ago, before I corrected it, the sentence above read, "He was pulled off riding his bicycle!". Now I can see how that would get you a ticket...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the UK, it is an offence to be drunk in charge of a bicycle (although I've never met anyone who got done for it). I do seem to recall, however, that the bits in the Road Traffic Act that refer to blood alcohol content are specific to motor vehicles (ie. if your BAC is over .08, you're automatically guilty if you're driving a car, but you have to actually act pissed to be comitting an offence on a bicycle).

I suspect that if you are pissed enough to be obviously worth stopping whilst riding a bike, and you are in a place which is sufficiently busy for it to be worth a cop's while to hang around stopping people, it's probably not such a smart move to be on the bicycle in the first place (at least as far as your safety from fast-moving trucks goes).

Ryan said...

Apparently in Ohio a motor vehicle includes the likes of lawn mowers and bicycles. We shall have to wait and see whether the powers that be decide to apply the mandatory three month license suspension for drunk driving when it comes to my friend.